Volunteer With Us

We are excited that you are interested in joining us in our mission to build affordable homes and strong communities!

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and we couldn’t do what we do without your support. There are many ways to get involved with Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County.  Whether you’re looking an individual looking to make a difference, a corporate group seeking team-building opportunities, students looking to complete service hours and add to a college application or resume, or a couple looking to learn some new skills, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity offers an incredibly rewarding experience.

Construction Opportunities

No experience is required to join us as an individual or group on a build site.  We offer several different types of construction volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Framing: Help build the home’s framework, walls and roof.
  • Finish Carpentry: Help with trim work, flooring and installing cabinets.
  • Siding: Assist in covering the exterior of the home.
  • Painting: Assist with painting the interior of the home.
  • Clean up: Help pull all the final touches together and make the house a home!

No matter your skill level, we provide all the necessary training and safety equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

If interested in completing Court Ordered Community Service with Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County please see below.

A Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County volunteer waiver is required prior to beginning your volunteer work. Those under 18 year old will require a Minor Waiver, signed by a parent/guardian as well as the volunteer. These are also available at all volunteer opportunities.

ReStore Opportunities

If construction isn’t your thing, consider volunteering at our ReStores in Woodstock or McHenry.  ReStores are retail stores that sell new and gently used home improvement items, furniture and more to support our mission. Volunteers can help with a variety of tasks, including:

  • Sorting and pricing donations
  • Stocking shelves
  • Assisting customers

Volunteering at the ReStores is a great way to learn about sustainability, meet new people, and support Habitat’s mission.

Committees, Events and More! 

Do you like to be a part of developing relationships, serving on a Board of Directors, managing projects, executing fundraising events, collaborating with faith-based organizations, supporting future homeowners, or planning a golf outing? 

Dedicated volunteers with special skills who believe in our mission to build up McHenry County through affordable housing can make a great difference in our success. If this sounds like you please email our Volunteer Coordinator to start your new volunteer journey with Habitat!

Court Ordered Community Service Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in completing Community Service hours at the Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County Restores. 

You must be approved to complete hours with us before signing up. Hours worked before approval will not count towards your assigned total.

Out of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and staff we do not approve cases of which the following apply:

  • Criminal Felonies
  • Cases regarding/involving a weapon
  • Physically violent crimes (assault/battery, etc.)
  • Cases involving minors
  • Sexual offenses
  • Violation of orders of protection
  • Robbery, burglary, or grand larceny
  • Destruction of property, arson, etc.
  • Cases involving petty theft are not permitted to complete hours at the ReStore locations, but may be approved for build site work.  Please inquire.

The above is not an exhaustive list.  Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County reserves the right to decline Court Ordered Community Service inquires on a case by case basis, regardless of verdict or charge. 

To begin your approval process please provide ALL of the following applicable information via email to volunteers@habitatmchenry.org with clear photos/scans of case paperwork or citations attached.

                1. Case #
                2. Number of hours assigned
                3. Which county the community service hours apply
                4. Deadline to complete hours
                5. Date for proof of hours letter needs to be submitted by
                6. Email for Probation Officer/Case Worker/Attorney, Etc. (if applicable.)


Only hours worked and logged will be reported.  Hours are non-negotiable, cannot be credited for future work, or rounded up. Manager/Site Leader sign off required for each shift completed.

Hours can be served Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at either of our two ReStore locations or Wednesday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at an open build site. Dates, locations, and availability will vary.  No experience required.